The Pryor Times

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June 7, 2014

Rising water rescue

PRYOR, OK — Three teenage boys had to be fished out when they were caught in rising water Thursday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the west side of Low Water Dam, with a report of three teenage males trapped in the water.

“The siren went off, and apparently they didn't evacuate the area. When the water was released they were trapped out on the rocks,” said Pryor Assistant Fire Chief BK Young. “Fortunately for them there were some bystanders who were able to toss them a rope and pull them to safety before we got there.”

Young said several entities responded to the call including Mayes County Emergency Management, Locust Grove Fire Department who provided a boat, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Grand River Dam Authority.

“Considering the speed and volume at which the water is released, plus the rain, that could have been a real bad situation. Those boys are very lucky there was someone close to help them,” said Young of the popular fishing spot.

“When you hear the sirens go off or there's a downpour coming, be mindful of your surroundings. Know how long it's going to take you to get to high ground and take the warning seriously,” he said. “When the siren goes off, take action immediately.”

“Sirens mean we will be releasing water. The chief concern there is that people be wary of the rising water and get to higher ground. The water levels can rise pretty quickly depending how much water we are releasing,” said Justin Alberty, Grand River Dam Authority Corporate Communications Director.

Young said the boys had minor scrapes and bruises but were not injured.

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